Rajavi: Islamic Conference to escalate infighting among regime's factions
OIC leaders refrain from visiting Khomeini's tomb

Simultaneous with the final session of the summit of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, the NCR President, Mr. Massoud Rajavi, pointed out that the holding of the conference in Tehran will not produce any change in the policies of the mullahs' regime. It will only encourage them to export terrorism and fundamentalism and foment discord and conflict among Muslims.

Mr. Rajavi added: While Iran's ruling theocracy had greatly endeavored to take advantage of the OIC summit to conceal its internal feuding, the summit practically turned into a staging ground for the power struggle among the troika leadership of the regime. It will only lead to deepening divisions and infighting among the various factions of the ruling clique.

Khatami had intended to use the Islamic Conference to boost his position vis-a-vis Khamenei. Khamenei's inauguration of the leaders' summit, contrary to the scheduled agenda, and his meetings with the leaders attending the summit, pushed Khatami to the sidelines, however. This made it clear that the mullahsÕ president lacks any influence and cannot be the source of any serious change within the regime.

Referring to the conference's draft resolution to counter terrorism, Mr. Rajavi said: If the mullahs are true to their words, they must hand over murderers of their victims, including Professor Kazem Rajavi, the NCR representative in Switzerland, Mohammad Hossein Naghdi, the NCR representative in Italy, and Ms. Zahra Rajabi in Turkey, to the judiciary of the relevant countries to stand trial.

More than half of the leaders of Islamic countries, and two-thirds of the leaders of Arab countries did not take part in this conference and a number of them left the Tehran summit early. Despite the mullahs' extensive efforts, the leaders did not visit or lay wreath on Khomeini's tomb. This has created many problems in the regime.

The Islamic Conference this year was held under a de facto martial law in Tehran. Guards Corps divisions were stationed in Tehran and extensive arrests were made all over the capital in fear of popular protests.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
December 11, 1997

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